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Artemis Chief Abruptly Exits Label

Artemis Records chairman/CEO Danny Goldberg is leaving the independent label he founded in 1999 due to what sources said Wednesday were “philosophical differences” with its owners.

Artemis president Daniel Glass has been elevated to president/CEO of the label, which is the home of such acts as Steve Earle, Pretenders, Kittie and the late Warren Zevon. New Artemis releases from Better Than Ezra, Black Label Society and bluesman Hubert Sumlin are due soon.

Goldberg will continue as a consultant. He launched New York-based Artemis after a long tenure as a top executive at the Mercury, Warner, Modern and Swan Song labels and management company Gold Mountain.

Artemis is owned by entrepreneurs Joe Bianco and Anil Narang, who took control of the label in August 2003 after its original financers backed away.

Bianco and Narang went on an acquisition spree during the past two years, picking up Massachusetts-based roots label Tone-Cool and the Nashville-based label consortium Compendia Music Group, as well as the New York indie distributor Musicrama. They also were among the principal bidders for Fantasy Records’ assets but lost out to Concord Records.

An Artemis spokeswoman had no comment on Goldberg’s departure.

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